WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 11:00am—1:00pm – Registration, 2:00pm – Polar Plunge

WHERE: Woodlawn Beach State Park—3580 Lake Shore Road Blasdell, NY 14219

HAMBURG, NY – Fundraising is underway for those who plan to “take the plunge” into the frigid waters of Lake Erie and raise funds to benefit the Special Olympics New York athletes in Western New York. The “Polar Plunge” event will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg, NY. Registration begins at 11:00am with the plunge taking place at 2:00pm.

The Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge is a unique pledge event that has become the premier annual fundraiser of Special Olympics New York across New York state. Participants raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York by asking family, friends, co-workers, etc. to support their efforts in “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they take the plunge into chilly waters.

“The more funds we raise, the more we can expand our programs, giving our athletes more opportunities to train and compete,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “This event also helps to create awareness about our organization and what we do. I am amazed by how hard our athletes work. They face challenges, yet put so much time and effort into reaching their goals.”

Last year nearly 1,000 Plungers braved the frigid waters at the Buffalo Polar Plunge while spectators watched with excitement. These brave souls are your neighbors, friends, and of course, Special Olympics New York athletes.

Individuals and teams interested in registering can do so by visiting: www.PolarPlungeNY.org/Buffalo. Donations are welcome and all funds raised help support the cost for athletes to participate in training and competitions. For information please contact Erica Raepple at Special Olympics New York at (716) 909-6444 or [email protected]

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. There are 66,835 athletes and unified partners that train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America. For more information please visit specialolympicsny.org. #SpecialOlympicsNY @SOpolarplungeNY